never let me go

earlier this week, i finished kazuo ishiguro’s never let me go.

two years ago, i stumbled upon this quote while browsing the literature posts on tumblr:

“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart. That’s how it is with us. It’s a shame, Kath, because we’ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can’t stay together forever.”

i instantly fell in love with that quote. really, who wouldn’t? it struck a chord within me, and i suddenly wanted to sit down and read the novel it came from. however, it wasn’t that easy; i finally seized the chance to read never let me go in december 2013, and took my time. it isn’t science fiction, in my opinion, but rather surrealistic fiction with some sci-fi elements mixed in. i loved how kath narrated in such a conversational manner, but there were times when i had to go back and reread certain parts in order to understand the chronological flow. there were some plot holes, too, though these were minor and easily overlooked. overall, the story was wonderful. i loved kath, tommy, ruth, and the intricate relationship between them. i also loved the setting; i hope someday to visit norfolk, england, and maybe read a book or take some photos while i’m there.

and that quote is still one of my favorites.